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Community Wellness at MIT Medical launches revamped services

Changes name from Center for Health Promotion and Wellness

Bicycling is one of many ways to exercise and stay healthy — and keeping the MIT community healthy is the No. 1 goal of Community Wellness at MIT Medical, which is raffling off a new bike at a launch celebration on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 3:30–5 p.m. in Room 10-105.

Everyone who comes to the launch event hosted by Community Wellness at MIT Medical (formerly known as the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness) can learn about its expanded services for helping the MIT community stay well; get free food and giveaways; and enter the raffle to win a KHS Green bicycle, bike gear and expert consultation, courtesy of Cambridge Bicycle.

“This new name does a much better job at reflecting all our services and programs as a kind of one-stop wellness shop,” said Maryanne Kirkbride, clinical director for campus life and head of Community Wellness. “We needed an ‘umbrella’ name to cover everything from sexual assault prevention and response, to getfit@mit, to MedLinks, to wellness classes, to the Healthy Living Series, to tobacco treatment, to mindfulness-based stress reduction, to Sexpertise, and to employee wellness at Lincoln Laboratory.”

Another reason for the name change was to highlight the group’s work on behalf of the entire MIT community as an advocate for healthier environments and policies on things such as campus dining, first-year programming, work and family issues, and dental insurance for graduate students, Kirkbride said.

Adding “MIT Medical” to the group’s name also emphasizes the collaboration between Community Wellness staff and the rest of MIT Medical. “MIT Medical can be thought of as the Department of Public Health for a city or town, and all together, we do our best to help members of our community be as healthy as they can be,” she said.

More information is available on the revamped Community Wellness website, which has been streamlined to make it easier for readers to find MIT-specific programs and services while also pointing them to reliable external sources of health and wellness information.

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